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Real-Ear Testing Chesterfield VA

Local resource for real-ear testing in Chesterfield, VA. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to real-ear testing, audiologists, hearing loss treatment, tinnitus treatment, and hearing aids, as well as advice and content on hearing loss, conditions of the ear, and hearing problems.

Virginia Professional HAC
(804) 419-5059
620 Moorefield Park Dr Ste 100
Richmond, VA
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Commonwealth ENT Specialists
(804) 419-5146
14051 St Francis Blvd Ste 2211
Midlothian, VA
Services
Adult & Pediatric Otolaryngology • Cosmetic Facial Surgery • Audiology & Hearing Aids
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5447
9220 Forest Hill Ave Ste A4
Richmond, VA
Services
HCVA provides the most thorough and complete treatment in hearing loss and conservation. For our patients, we offer complete hearing health care, diagnostic testing, servicing, enhancements, aural rehabilitation and conservation. Our services include:This is a timeline of what to expect when partnering with HCVA to improve your hearing:Free consultation & screeningFull diagnostic audiological evaluationHearing aid options40 day trial periodLifetime maintenance & multi-year warrantiesLifetime fre
Hours
SundayClosed
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Hearing Solutions, PLLC
(804) 419-5036
14408 Sommerville Ct
Midlothian, VA
Services
* Audiological Evaluations for Adults and Children * Registered Site for VEDHI Newborn Screening * Middle Ear Analysis (tympanometry) * Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) * Cerumen Management * Hearing Aid Consultation and Demonstration * Quality Digital Hearing Technology * All-Make Repair and Service * 30 Day Trial Period * Hearing Instrument Accessories,Supplies,& Batteries * Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs)* Bluetooth Wireless Connectivity* FM Systems * Amplified Phones *
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,Friday08:30 AM - 04:30 PM by Appointment ,SaturdayClosed
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ENT Specialist Of Central
(804) 708-7744
1800 Glenside Dr Ste 120
Richmond, VA
Services
Otolaryngology Head & NeckComprehensive treatment and surgery for disorders of the Ear, Nose & Throat by a team of Board Certified Surgeons and highly trained healthcare professionals. Physicians Hearing ServicesSpecialized rehabilitative hearing services focused on counseling, an individualized process of hearing aid consultation, evaluation and fitting, and hearing evaluations from a highly educated staff of Audiologists. Diagnostic AudiologyComprehensive diagnostic services provided by a tea
Hours
Sunday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Tuesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Wednesday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Thursday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Friday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM ,Saturday09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Virginia ENT Associates, PC
(804) 477-8612
161 Wadsworth Dr
Richmond, VA
Hours
SundayClosed
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ENT Specialist Of Central
(804) 419-5360
1405 Johnston Willis Dr
Richmond, VA
Services
Complete Hearing Diagnostics CenterHearing Aids and Hearing Aid FittingDot™ by ReSoundBe by ReSound - Invisable Hearing AidDigital Hearing AidsOpen Ear Fitting Hearing AidsEar Implants (BAHA)Dash Digital Hearing AidTinnitus ManagementSpring Special - ReSounds'' New Ziga digital hearing instrumentBalance Disorder - VertigoMeniere''s Disease ManagementEvaluation of vertigo/balance - videonystagmography (VNG)Electrophysiological testing - auditory brainstem response testing (ABR)Hearing testi
Hours
SundayClosed
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MCV Associated Physicians
(804) 419-5165
8700 Stony Point Pkwy Ste 220
Richmond, VA
Services
Acute Otitis Media Adenoidal Hypertrophy Age-related Hearing Loss Allergic Rhinitis Aural PolypsBenign Ear Cyst or TumorChronic Otitis ExternaChronic Otitis MediaChronic SinusitisEar BarotraumaEpiglottiti EthmoiditisEustachian Tube PatencyFacial Nerve PalsyFusion of the Ear BonesInfectious MyringitisLuvenile Angiofibroma LabryinthitisMalignant Otitis ExternaMastoiditis Meniere''s Disease or Syndrome Nasal Polyps Occupational Hearing Loss Otitis Otosclerosis Peritonsillar Abscess Ruptured
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 03:00 PM ,Tuesday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,Wednesday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,Thursday07:30 AM - 03:00 PM ,FridayClosed ,SaturdayClosed
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Hearing Clinics Of Virginia
(804) 419-5163
5501 Patterson Ave Ste 100
Richmond, VA
Services
Hearing Clinics of Virginia is an independent group audiology practice with offices across the Richmond area. Our audiologists all hold advanced degrees in audiology and collectively have over 100 years of clinical HCVA experience in Central Virginia.
Hours
SundayClosed
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VCU Audiology/MCV Hospital
(804) 419-5164
403 N 11th St 3rd Floor
Richmond, VA
Services
VCU Audiology provides a wide range of hearing diagnostic and amplification/management options for all ages (birth through adult). Clinical services provided include: •Behavioral evaluation•Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR)•Immittance audiometry (tympanometry and acoustic reflexes)•Otoacoustic emissions (OAE)•Assessment of balance (vestibular) function is also available for adults.
Hours
SundayClosed ,Monday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Tuesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,Friday08:00 AM - 04:00 PM ,SaturdayClosed
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Insist on Real-Ear Testing

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November 23, 2005: 7:27 pm: Dr. Neil Hearing Aids

Insist on Real-Ear Testing

by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.

One of the reasons many people are not happy with their new hearing aids is because their hearing aids have not been properly adjusted to fit their specific hearing losses.

Often, the audiologist or hearing aid dispenser adjusts your hearing aids according to the manufacturer’s fitting algorithm for your hearing loss. Unfortunately, this algorithm does not necessarily reflect the hearing prescription you really need.

If your audiologist does not do “real-ear testing”, she will never know whether or not your hearing aids are set up properly for your ears.

With real-ear testing, your audiologist puts a tiny microphone into your ear canal, then inserts your hearing aid. A computer runs some automatic tests and the results are shown on the screen.

The output shows both a graph of what your prescription should be, and what your hearing aids are really putting out. Now your audiologist can see what she needs to “tweak” in your hearing aids to properly give you the amplification you need at each of the speech frequencies.

How important is this? Consider this. A recent study using one hearing aid manufacturer’s fitting algorithm was compared with the results of real ear testing. The shocking results show that less than 12% of the time were the results judged to be “clinically similar” when comparing the manufacturer’s values to the actual real-ear measurements.

Nancy Aarts, Ph.D., the author of this study asserts:

This study suggests that adult hearing aid fitting protocols should include the use of actual real-ear probe-microphone measures to verify hearing aid fittings. Reliance on [the manufacturer's protocols] may result in insufficient output of most hearing aid users, as well as over-amplification of high level inputs for some hearing aid users.

What this means is that if you want to know that your hearing aids are fitted properly, you need to insist on having real-ear testing. If your audiologist doesn’t do real-ear testing, find one that does. It’s that important.

The above study was reported in the article “The Accuracy and Clinical Usefulness of Manufacturer-Predicted REAR Values in Adult Hearing Aid Fittings” The Hearing Review. November, 2005.)

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